Radio Fields

Anthropology and Wireless Sound in the 21st Century

by Lucas Bessire, Faye Ginsburg,

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  • 0814769934
  • 9780814738191
  • 9780814769935
  • 9780814745366
Radio is the most widespread electronic medium in the world today. As a form of technology that is both durable and relatively cheap, radio remains central to the everyday lives of billions of people around the globe. It is used as a call for prayer in Argentina and Appalachia, to organize political protest in Mexico and Libya, and for wartime communication in Iraq and Afghanistan. In urban centers it is played constantly in shopping malls, waiting rooms, and classrooms. Yet despite its omnipresence, it remains the media form least studied by anthropologists.
 
Radio Fields employs ethnographic methods to reveal the diverse domains in which radio is imagined, deployed, and understood. Drawing on research from six continents, the volume demonstrates how the particular capacities and practices of radio provide singular insight into diverse social worlds, ranging from aboriginal Australia to urban Zambia. Together, the contributors address how radio creates distinct possibilities for rethinking such fundamental concepts as culture, communication, community, and collective agency.
  • NYU Press; November 2012
  • ISBN 9780814745366
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  • Title: Radio Fields
  • Author: Lucas Bessire; Faye Ginsburg (other); Daniel Fisher (other)
  • Imprint: NYU Press
Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0814769934
  • 9780814738191
  • 9780814769935
  • 9780814745366

In The Press

"Radio Fields crackles and buzzes with the social life of radio and the noise of an anthropology of close listening. I can't imagine a more well-theorized and deeply grounded entrée to the sensory mediation politics of radiophony in global public culture."-Steven Feld,Distinguished Professor of Anthropology and Music, University of New Mexico

Subject categories
ISBNs
  • 0814769934
  • 9780814738191
  • 9780814769935
  • 9780814745366